Cache Manager Almost Ready

Date Published: 03 December 2005

Cache Manager Almost Ready

I’m almost done with my Cache Manager application, which is modeled after ELMAHand uses an HttpHandler model to add cache management functionality to any ASP.NET application. At the moment it’s built using VS 2005 and v2 of the framework, but doesn’t really use any 2.0 functionality (except for .resx files, which are AWESOME for managing string resources within a project!). Here’s a screenshot:


Current Features:

  • Clear Application Cache

  • View Cache API contents

    • View values of most simple types
  • Remove specific page’s output cache entries

  • View Cache/Server stats

    • Server Name
    • Server Cache Maximum Memory (mb)
    • Server Free Memory (mb)
    • Application Path
    • Application Cache Entries

I’m hoping to add some support for guessing at the memory footprint of the total cache and/or individual items, but this is not an easy problem, it seems. I borrowed a bit from this article, which describes a method of getting object sizes that, unfortunately, is not recommended because it isn’t accurate. I’m hoping to hear something from the ASP.NET team that will let me implement a somewhat accurate memory estimate algorithm soon, though.

The initial feedback I’ve received is that the UI is pretty ugly. To be honest I think it looks great compared to what it started out as. If you have any recommendations for the UI, or have some design skills and want to take a pass at the HTML+CSS, let me know.

Steve Smith

About Ardalis

Software Architect

Steve is an experienced software architect and trainer, focusing on code quality and Domain-Driven Design with .NET.